Juneteenth: the celebration of Emancipation
The African-American Male and Female Institute will be hosting a Juneteenth Celebration on June 19 from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. The event will be held at the Milne Boys Home at 5420 Franklin Avenue. The theme of this 12th annual celebration will be "Come to The Family," and guest speakers will include Elder Ben Menes Robertson, Ph.d, Rev. Linda Tolbert Mosley, Minister John L.C. Mosley, Sr.
A Community Healing Circle will be held that will focus on several major discussion points; What are the major problems facing the African-American Community? What about the use of the B & H words and other popular slangs and Is it important to get a godd education?
New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, Councilamn Dist.D Marlin Gusman and Human Services Director Human Services Dr. Morris F.X. Jeff are also scheduled to attend.
Juneteenth is oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers entered Galveston, TX to proclaim that the institution of slavery in America had been outlawed. Though this announcement came two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, slowly making it's way cross-country from Washington D.C., a celebration was still to be had. Throughout the years, the holiday has been honored by the descendants of slaves and African-Americans across the nation. Celebratory events include prayer ceremonies, educational seminars, workshops, parties, barbecues and dances. 'Juneteenth' did not become an official holiday for Texans until January 1, 1980, and is now recognized as a state holiday in California, Alaska, Idaho, Oklahoma and Florida. Oregon, Iowa, Maryland, New Jersey, Vermont and Mississippi have all introduced legislation to have the holiday acknowledged.
Congress also officially recognizes Juneteenth, and thousands across the country are currently petitioning President Bush to issue a Presidential Proclamation to establish Juneteenth as a National Holiday. Last year, supporters attended the Washington Juneteenth 2001 National Holiday Observance at the Lincoln Memorial, National Mall and the U.S. Capitol on June 15-19 in Washington D.C. to urge President Bush to take action.Louisiana Weekly
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